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Baltimore Launches HIV/AIDS Education Campaign

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HIV/AIDS Education Campaign

Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on Wednesday announced that the city will join CDC's national campaign to promote HIV/AIDS awareness and education, the Baltimore Sunreports. Arts, business and civic leaders gathered at City Hall onWednesday for a workshop to discuss ways to reduce the incidence ofHIV/AIDS in the city (Fritze, Baltimore Sun, 10/4).

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TheCDC campaign is called "Heightened National Response to the HIV/AIDSCrisis Among African-Americans." Dixon is asking Baltimore leaders toparticipate in HIV/AIDS awareness, communication and testing inresponse to the epidemic in Baltimore (Mayor's Office release, 10/3).

"Wehave a serious problem in Baltimore," Dixon said ahead of the meeting,adding, "It is a crucial issue that we have to stay focused on."Baltimore Health Commissioner Joshua Sharfstein said, "While we aresucceeding in the treatment of HIV as a medical condition, we are notdoing enough for prevention," adding, "Everybody understands that ournumber of new cases is unacceptably high."

The Baltimore metropolitanarea has the second-highest rate of AIDS cases in the country afterMiami, according to city officials. State health data indicate therewere 1,120 new HIV cases and 711 new AIDS cases between mid-2004 andmid-2005. As of December 2006, nearly 16,000 people in the city wereliving with HIV or AIDS, health officials said (Baltimore Sun, 10/4).

Reprinted with permission from kaisernetwork.org. You can view theentire Kaiser DailyHIV/AIDS Report, search the archives, and sign up for email delivery at kaisernetwork.org/email . TheKaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report is published for kaisernetwork.org, a free service ofThe Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.